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East London NHS Foundation Trust

Forensic Social Worker

Job Type



South East



£42,471 - £50,364

Posted Date

10 April 2024

John Howard Centre and Wolfson House

Closing Date

21 April 2024

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Social Worker who is experienced in, or has an interest in, Forensic Social Work.

East London NHS Foundation Trust provides the regional forensic mental health service covering the boroughs of Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, City of London, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The inpatient units consist of the John Howard Centre (medium secure) in Hackney, and Wolfson House (low secure) in the Finsbury Park area.

The service meets the specialist needs of mentally disordered offenders, the majority of whom are admitted via the criminal justice system. The Forensic Social Work Team provides a comprehensive social care service to inpatients in the two hospital sites.

Applications from experienced mental health social workers and from those with transferable skills will be considered.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, providing a comprehensive social work service to the inpatients on your caseload.

You will actively contribute the social care perspective to forensic risk assessment and care planning.

You will carry out statutory functions such as preparing reports for and attending tribunals, and will lead on safeguarding concerns.

Working for our organisation

Social workers in ELFT work across a range of settings including Adult and Older Person’s Mental Health, Forensic, Crisis and CAMH’s Services and increasingly in Primary Care settings.

There are social workers in various management posts across ELFT including a Director of Social Work and a Learning and Development Lead for Social Work.

Wherever the base, ELFT values the skills and contribution of social workers and encourages them to maintain the requirements of their professional registration and will uphold the values and practice of Social Work across the organisation.

We want social workers to feel valued and supported in ELFT and to promote and support social work as a profession.

We will offer you:

- Training and development opportunities specific to social work including ASYE, AMHP training and PE training
- Social work professional supervision
- Social work forums and seminars
- A voice in the organisation and recognition of the skills and values you bring
- The opportunity to progress through the organisation as a social worker in a senior role

If you would like to know more about working in ELFT as a social worker, please contact Denis Thompson, Head of Forensic Social Work at

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

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